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Sahjar

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Not many people can say that they have a view of another country from their back yard, but I can! Being born and raised in El Paso, Texas, many cultural doors were opened for me at a young age. I grew up with a love for enchiladas, chilaquiles, horchata and Spanish. I have been speaking Spanish since I learned how to speak. I took bilingual classes all through my elementary and middle school years and took advanced Spanish classes in high school. I now aspire to share my knowledge and love for the language with others. I look for fun and creative ways to help my students internalize the language. There are so many ways to practice a foreign language and I would love to share my special techniques with you! Being bilingual has enriched my life in so many ways. I hope that with my help, this beautiful language opens doors in the future for you as well!

Sahjar’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: The University of Texas at Austin - Bachelors, Public Relations

Hobbies

Some things I'm interested in are traveling, learning how to cook, and following politics. Some hobbies include; playing with puppies, hanging out with my friends and family and drinking way too much coffee!

Tutoring Subjects

College English

English

High School English

Languages

Other

Reading

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Vocabulary

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is that everything becomes easier with practice. You can apply that to everything in life, from learning a new language to learning how to ride a bike. The more you practice, the easier it gets! The easier it gets, the more you love it!

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

At my first session with a student, I will probably ask them some questions to get to know their learning style. Once I know how they prefer to learn, I can personalize my lessons and techniques to help them.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Teaching students fun tips and tricks to practice and learn outside of a tutoring lesson will help them become an independent learner. There are several exercises students can do in their everyday life to keep learning and mastering a subject.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By being encouraging! Positivity goes a long way!

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

A great way to get a student engaged and excited about a subject is by finding out what interests the student. What do they like? What kind of music and tv shows do they follow? Knowing simple, but personal things about a student will help me find ways to get them excited about what I'm teaching.